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May 25th, 2009
Bobcats win at-large bid to NCAA baseball tourney

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State baseball team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when the seeds were announced Monday.

The Bobcats are the second-seeded team in the Austin Regional tournament, to be played at Disch-Falk Field at the University of Texas. The Austin site is one of 16 double-elimination regionals in the NCAA Tournament. The winner of each regional will advance to the Sweet 16 round.

The Bobcats will play third-seeded Boston College Friday at 1 p.m. Following that game, No. 1 seed Texas will play fourth-seeded Army at 6 p.m.

Texas State is making its fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its first since 2000, which was head coach Ty Harrington’s first year running the program. The Bobcats are 3-6 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.

Texas won the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament while being ranked fifth nationally by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. The Longhorns are 41-13-1 overall. Texas won the regular season and tournament titles in the Big 12, which placed a record eight teams in the NCAA Tournament.

The Bobcats (41-15) lost both their games this year to Texas, 6-5 at Bobcat Field on March 3 and 12-2 at Disch Falk Field on April 28. The Bobcats are 5-8 against this year’s NCAA Tournmament field after losing five of their first six against those teams.

Boston College (33-24) is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 42 years. The Eagles finished 13-15 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), third place in the Atlantic Division. The ACC put a league record tying seven teams into the tournament.

Army enters the tournament 34-19 after winning the Patriot League.

Sam Houston State, the Southland Conference’s automatic qualifier after beating Texas State in the league tournament’s championship game, is the No. 4 seed in the Rice Regional. The Bearkats will play No. 1 seed Rice Friday.

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